These handy tips, along with good homeowners insurance coverage, can help you be prepared for a house fire.
Of course, when you see a fire, you should always alert the fire department by calling 911. These are professionals that are trained and educated on how to handle fires.
That being said, when you see a fire in the home, taking some quick action can prevent quite a bit of damage and contain the problem in those precious minutes before the pros arrive. Use these home fire tips to extinguish a small fire at home.
Always have a fire extinguisher in the house. Having an extinguisher on each floor is all the better. Just as important as having an extinguisher is knowing how to use it. For instance, did you know to always point the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flame? This is very important because shooting the extinguisher above the base can have little to no effect.
Read the directions on your extinguisher before an emergency. This way, when the emergency arises, you will feel confident and prepared and you won’t panic.
Also, look for extinguishers that are labeled type A:B:C, which means they are okay to use on any kind of fire.
Be able to identify what type of fire you have.
Electrical fire. If your fire is electrical, never use water to put it out. This will make matters worse. Switch off the power to whatever has set fire. Use a clean non-flammable blanket to smother the fire. You can also use any type of extinguisher for type C fires.
Small Cooking Fire. If a blaze starts up in your kitchen on the stove, it’s probably a grease fire. Don’t panic. Don’t use water; use the lid of a pot to starve it of oxygen. If that isn’t possible, use a lot of baking soda to snuff the flames.
Gas fire. Immediately shut off the gas supply. Smother the flame with a thick rug, an extinguisher, or cold water.
If you see smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 without hesitation. It’s good to know how to control a small fire, but also contact the professionals ASAP!